There’s something strange happening right now. There’s a movement afoot, and it’s getting stronger and louder every second.
Take, for example, this letter from a teacher that recently made its way around the internet. “Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance,” it reads, and promises, “There will be no formally assigned homework this year.”
It’s hardly the only one like it. Articles like it have been filling the internet lately, claiming that “homework offers no academic advantage” or calling on schools to “ban homework.” Even the people at Scholastic have written up an article called “Down With Homework!”
It’s catching on with parents, too. Some parents are writing articles saying that they won’t make their kids do homework in elementary school, others saying they won’t make them do any for as long as they live. And even Time Magazine is chiming in and telling parents that they “should not make kids do homework.”
This is an incredible, passionate revolution of parents, seemingly more motivated to change their children’s lives than I’ve ever seen before.
It’s also completely insane.
It’s great that parents are fired up over something, but we all need to take a second and calm down and think about what we’re saying.
Homework obviously offers an academic advantage. Your kids should be doing their homework. And you should be encouraging your children to do their homework.
If we don’t take a moment and re-evaluate, we’re going to ruin an entire generation. Because here’s the thing about all of these articles:
They’re lying to you.